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Littlemill 25 Year Old 1988 Malts of Scotland


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

25th Feb 2014


Littlemill 25 Year Old 1988 Malts of Scotland
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Littlemill has been closed for twenty and mostly went up in flames a decade ago. But there seems to be plenty of stock as releases are quite regular. This most recent one from Malts of Scotland just hit the market and will set you back around 150 EUR. Fantastic color, this one.

Boy, what a great nose! Loads of fruit, but even more spices and predominantly grass. Mandarin and blood oranges, mirabelles, toffee apples and juicy apricots. Fruity ginger, cloves, cinnamon and a hint of sweet sniffing tobacco. Nuts. Make that marzipan. Hints of espresso. But the attention is drawn by all the grassy notes. Wet hay, pine needles and some red potpourri. Not at all typical, but very beautiful.

It wraps the tongue completely in a fat film of fruit and spices. Said spices are much louder now with ginger and nutmeg first, joined by a hint of aniseed. The fruit returns, but with less emphasis on the oranges and more on the apples and some dark fruit. The oak has a drying effect, but honey keeps it more than juicy and sweet enough.

Only in the wonderful finish, that is medium long, does it show a tropical side.

Delicious Littlemill 1988. Nuff said.

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